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Complainant Name:
Robert Cooke

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


Robert Cooke complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published a composite image showing a Libyan rebel standing defiantly beneath three jets flown by Colonel Gaddafi's forces. He suspected that the image had been manipulated and the newspaper had not made this clear. In the complainant's view, this was misleading to readers and akin to propaganda.


The newspaper explained that the complainant was correct and the image was, in fact, two separate photographs. It thanked him for pointing out that some clarification was required. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper amended the caption accompanying the online image to make clear that the image of the Libyan rebel was a "Vision of freedom" and the jets had been photographed at an earlier time.

Date Published: 28/04/2011

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